FRINGEWORLD 2022 | This Is Where We Live by Vivienne Walshe | 5 Stars

Review | Laura Money

This Is Where We Live by Vivienne Walshe is powerful theatre. Written like a lyric poem full of Australian bush poetry rhythms, the raw performances and impactful movement on a minimal set enhance the script into a timeless account of humanity. Stripping the Orpheus and Eurydice myth to its elements, each part of this continuous monologue blazes with intensity. Walshe’s script is economical with its words, distilling themes of loss, violence, and disadvantage into a sharp and memorable work. It’s definitely one you won’t resist looking back on.

Impeccably performed by Lauren Beeton as Chloe, and Samuel Addison as Chris the two etch out a frenzied yet tender love story amidst their challenging home lives. In a heartfelt monologue, Beeton begins pedal to the metal in a fast-paced spoken word piece alluding to checking out of the life she is forced to live with an abusive step-father stuck in a small town. Mirroring her words, Addison moves in concert under semi-darkness – each move a visceral hit punctuating the air. Director and movement coach Teresa Izzard ekes out every centimetre of the stage with her spare movements, perfectly aligned with the cutting dialogue. Beeton’s Chloe is a powerfully memorable character – scrappy, hilarious but deeply scarred and hurt with a darkness insinuating itself across her defensive stance. Addison transforms under the veil of each character – sweet-natured and tender as Chris, pathetically patriarchal as his father, and horrendously cruel as the abusive step-father.

This Is Where We Live by Vivienne Walshe is a sharp script rendered intense by Beeton and Addison’s high-octane performances. They approach the writing with a stripped back efficiency that combined with simple yet exact movement is extremely potent. Watching Chloe attempt to escape her small-town confines and constantly take two steps forward, one step back is heartbreaking and the impact of the inevitable conclusion is a tragic gut-punch delivered by a powerful group of theatre makers.

You can catch this amazing show at The Girls School until 13th February 2022. TICKETS

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The Fourth Wall acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land we engage in storytelling on – the Wadjhuk people of the Noongar nation. We pay respects to their elders past, present, and emerging.


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